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Photos: Phoenix lands on Mars

NASA has released the first raw images of the North Polar region of Mars that were taken by the Phoenix spacecraft shortly after it landed.
By Andy Smith, Contributor on
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander successfully landed in the northern polar region of Mars and sent back its first pictures of the planet's surface. The landing area is expected to be covered with water-rich permafrost that the Phoenix will scoop up with its robotic arm and test for the presence of the chemical ingredients of life.

The Phoenix touched down at 4:53 PT Sunday, extended it solar panels, and sent back its first pictures about two hours later. This false-color image shows the land around Phoenix. Following are the raw images sent back by the Phoenix.

Find out more information about the Phoenix mission.

Photo credits: NASA/JPL-Calech/University of Arizona

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The extented solar panels that will power the spacecraft.

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A raw image from Surface Stereo Imager.

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A raw image from Surface Stereo Imager.

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A raw image from Surface Stereo Imager.

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A raw image mosaic.

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A raw image mosaic.

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